By HOPE YEN – Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — House committee members are investigating the Capitol Riot said on Sunday that they could subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence and were awaiting news from Virginia “Ginni” Thomasthe wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about her role in the illegal plot to nullify the 2020 election.
Lawmakers have indicated they will release more evidence about Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to defraud his supporters by raising funds on false claims of a stolen presidential election. They also pledged to provide relevant evidence to the Justice Department by the end of the month for its criminal investigation. The the department complained in a letter last week that the committee was complicating its investigation by not sharing transcripts of its 1,000 interviews.
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“We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who haven’t testified yet,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, who described a subpoena from Pence as “certainly a possibility.”
“We would still, I think, like to have several high profile people appear before our committee,” said Schiff, D-Calif.
For example, the committee was able to document most of the end of Trump’s appeal to Pence on the morning of the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, when the then-president made his final plea for Pence to stop the certificate from Joe Biden. victory when Pence chaired the Electoral College count in Congress. The members have yet to directly document what Pence said in response.
Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., recently said the committee is still “in touch” with Pence’s attorneys, while also suggesting that it may not be necessary for him. appear because of the testimony of many of Pence’s closest aides.
Committee members also hope to learn more about Ginni Thomas’ own efforts to keep Trump in power and the potential conflicts of interest posed to her husband following the Jan. 6 Supreme Court cases.
Republican State Rep. Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker, is scheduled to testify at the committee hearing on Tuesday focusing on state officials who have been contacted by Trump and the White House as Trump tried to cancel the results. Bowers will likely be asked about emails he received from Thomas urging him and other state officials to overturn Biden’s 2020 victory and choose their own group of voters.
“We have questions for her and we might have questions for him as well,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, said.
Thomas has publicly indicated that she “can’t wait” appear before the committee after receiving their request by letter last week.
In addition to emailing Arizona officials, Thomas, who attended a rally hosted by Trump just before the Capitol riot, had also written to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, in the weeks after the election, encouraging him to work to reverse Biden’s victory. Emails recently obtained by the committee also show that Thomas had had email communications with John Eastman, the attorney who played a key role on Trump’s behalf in efforts to pressure Pence to it cancels the elections.
“I think the committee will be interested in, among other things, whether this was discussed with Judge Thomas, given that he was ruling on cases that impacted obtaining some of this information,” said Schiff.
Last January, Thomas was the only court member to back an offer by Trump to withhold documents from the Jan. 6 committee.
Lofgren said the committee would release additional evidence it collected on the “big scam,” in which the committee alleges that Trump may have committed fundraising fraud by making a false statement that the election was stolen.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said that in the end the public will have a clear picture of Trump’s “failure of the oath.”
“I think what we are presenting to the American people would certainly rise to a level of criminal involvement by a president,” he said.
Kinzinger also said he and his family received threats because of his role on the committee. He spoke of his concern that “there will be violence in the future. …And until we know how to tell people the truth, we can’t expect anything else.
Schiff appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Lofgren was on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and Kinzinger spoke on ABC’s “This Week.”
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